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purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i have a bill at the desk. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1892. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 392 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 1892. the chair appoints the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. miller, to preside over the committee of the whole. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 1892, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to authorize appropriations for the fiscal year 2012 for intelligence and intelligence related activities of the united states government, the community management account, and the central intelligence agency retirement and disability system, and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered as read the
's prepared to close. mr. doggett: i believe i have an additional speaker. the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, for such time as he -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has got the time. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. doggett: mr. speaker, i would yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington state, former chair of this subcommittee, mr. mcdermott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcdermott: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to say just a few words. obviously i support the extension of the tanf, but i think that there is really -- we've been extending it one year at a time, one year at a time, one year at a time for sometime. there really is a need to relook at the whole concept of what this -- this safety net really needs to be. we wiped out welfare as we know it as was the phrase in 1996 at a time when the economy in this country was going straight up. anybody could find a job if they looked for one, and it was very clear that there was ef
s the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from michigan, mr. camp, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. camp: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, this bipartisan legislation which renews the nearly 40-year-old generalized system of preferences is a vital part of a robust trade agenda, an agenda that makes american companies more competitive and increases american exports. g.s.p. is an important tool for boosting economic growth and job creation. just last week we learned that on the whole there were zero jobs created in august and that the unemployment rate remains above 9%. over the next several weeks, congressional republicans will bring several bills to the floor that will address the shortage of american jobs and help promote job creation. this legislation is an important component of that effort because g.s.p. is critical to the competitiveness of many american manufacturers. having more competitive american companies means creating an
by the gentleman from new york, mr. reed, as the proponent and the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, as the opponent. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. reed: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. reed: madam speaker, i also ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subjectle of bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . mr. reed: madam speaker, i am pleased to offer this resolution of disapproval of the request from the president of the united states to borrow an additional $1.5 trillion. dealing with this national debt is one of the primary reasons why i ran for congress. it is to stop the endless borrowing of washington, d.c., on the backs of our children and our grandchildren. i am also pleased to offer it in the house as a demonstration of a commitment to ending the decades' old borrow and spend practices and mentality that runs rampant here in washington. our national
to congress. rick from michigan, republican. caller: your guests represent two different points of view. i do not want one guy to speak to me at all. the one problem in the government is the federal reserve. we have been under the thumb of the reserve from 1913. these people are running the economy. obama cannot do anything. the congress has given up their constitutional responsibility. we need to redo this whole thing. the system is broke. we pay a gasoline tax. that is supposed to pay all the road costs. we're paying too much tax as it is. we need to eliminate the federal income tax. the others need to be looked at. we have to look at the monetary system. if you print another $447 billion -- we are broke. host: does get reaction. what did you think about his comments? -- let's get reaction. guest: he doesn't want me to talk because i do not agree with this point of view. one of the big problems of the federal reserve is that it is not doing as much as it could be doing to fight the recession. you have ben bernanke doing a lot of pretty aggressive moves. he has not done big quantitative easi
to the gentleman from michigan, the chair of the work force protection subcommittee, mr. wahlberg. the chair: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. mr. walberg: i urge support of my colleagues. the same language in that ordinance as well what was put in our state constitutions, it says religion, morality and knowledge be necessary to the good government and happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. i believe this bill does just that. it's a simple bill. it promotes a charter school program that accomplishes three goals. those being, one, to provide parents greater options for the children's education. two, consolidating education programs and reducing the authorization level. and three, supporting the development of high quality charter schools. that's what we are about in education. that's what we ought to be concerned with. this bill accomplished our goal of modernizing and streamlining the program by consolidating the current programs to one program and one authorization line. the results in savings still affords the taxpa
to know that we will not let michigan become a right to work for less state. [applause] we will defeat financial martial law by standing together, fighting together, and winning to gather. i am proud to stand with my brothers and sisters from detroit anytime, anyplace. god bless you and happy labor day. [applause] now i am very pleased and honored to introduce the woman who stands with working people every single day, a real warrior for working men and women who has lifted up the department of labor so that it works for working families again and again and again and again and again. please welcome our warrior and friend, the secretary of labor, hilda solis. [applause] >> thank you. all right, how is everybody? is labor in the house? [applause] happy labor day, detroit. [applause] it is great to be back in the motor city and especially with my good friend, r,ich trumpka and all of our union leaders and a former congressional colleagues also here. give them all round of applause, please. [applause] and of course, it is so exciting to be here with you in detroit. the auto industry is roar
. in talking to rick in ohio and fred in michigan, i think they understand the necessity to link job creation with deficit reduction. i think there's a great opportunity for this country for this committee to succeed. i think the members want to see this committee succeed. and to reduce deficit. if you can both reduce the deficit and put america back to work, it seems like >> congressman john larsen from earlier today. in an hour, president obama delivers his speech to a joint session of congress. our coverage picks up at 6:15 as members of the house and senate make their way to the floor. after the speech, we will take your phone calls and comments, also a reaction to a speech on c-span2. and now more about job creation and the economy. jeff sessions and other members of the republican conference spoke to reporters on what they hope to hear in the address the congress. this runs 20 minutes. >> good morning. president obama is coming to congress tonight to talk about jobs at that time when we have had persistent unemployment at a greater level than any time since the great depression. that is
there are all these strings attached. host: michigan. joel is an educator. what kind are you? caller: school board member . kudos to the gentleman before who talked about how our students learn. i would like the administration to take a look at the expert on education and what it takes to educate our students. second of all, we keep looking at federal money in this new proposal to help fund schools. the problem with federal money is, for example, title 1, the food and nutrition bill had never been fully funded. school districts subsidize to make up for the money the federal government is not sending to the school districts. if the federal government met their obligation and fully funded programs, the districts would have plenty of money left over to hire and keep teachers on instead of every year taking money out of our budget to subsidize the subsidies that the federal government isn't sending us. it is time to fully fund these programs, ida, title 1, food and nutrition, etc. 3, it is time for the administration and congress to meet with school board members. every year we go to washington,
and is currently a professor at harvard. john ingler, three-term governor of michigan, president of the business round table. he was president and c.e.o. of the national association of manufacturers. and edward kleinbar, chief of staff of the joint committee of taxation from 2007 to 2009. he has 20 years of experience practicing tax law in new york and is currently the professor of law at the university of southern california. it's an extraordinary panel. thank you for honoring us with your presence. senator crepo. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i appreciate your holding this hearing as well. i want to focus at the outset on one of your early comments that as any part of the important needed changes we need to be making in america today with regard to economic and fiscal policy, tax reform is one of the key pieces that we must not allow to be ignored. as you know, i've been working with a group of six, it's been called a gang. i know you've been working in other contexts, snoort widen as well, who has a proposal of his own. one area agreement i think we have among us and among others is that in add
surveys of confidence and the ones that i tend to follow most frequently is the michigan survey. the michigan survey has gone down in terms of showing consumer confidence and keeps going down. it correlates a little bit with some of the actions in congress. there was a sense maybe that one of the dip in consumer confidence had to do with the impasse over the debt ceiling and some of the wrangling in congress. you would maybe think that effect would be diminished now in people's minds. we have not seen a big resurgence of confidence. confidence is important because monetary policy works through the development and setting of expectations. if you have a sense that things are going to be bad and are going to stay bad and are never going to return to the way of life that you have come to expect, you will engage in denver kinds of behaviors. you may not spend if you have a sense that you're going to lose your jobs or your income is not going to go up. it may affect how you make your spending decisions. you can see in that scenario that confidence could be at such a low that they coul
. harry, michigan. caller: we have a president, a strong president that has been fighting hard to do these things. the first time that our president, barack obama, stepped into office, mitch mcconnell and john von declared war on him. we have a president that is working hard. republicans keep bringing down the country, because they want the country to fail, because we have a strong president that was doing the right thing. the tea party really wanted to do something that was the american. and american jobs plan, putting a million people back to work in six months. that is all that they have to do. they have to stop following mitch mcconnell. these guys have been in the house for over 50 years. host: here is an e-mail from a viewer that questions the premise of our question, or the ."estion from "usa today "who said the government is broken. broken and how? stephanie, good morning. caller: first, the government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. we are supposed to recognize that the government is for the people. [unintelligible] can anyone tell me that
's a republican in michigan. kevin: good morning, representative. i admire you very much. and before i ask my question to you, i want to make a comment about what henry waxman said, he was talking about the mercury in the air, wherever the mercury was, but he basically admitted that the mercury does cause harm to our children and disableds them and causing them learning disabilities. i also am a strong believer that the vaccines that had the mercury in them they claim took out is causing all the autism which my child has. anyways i'll get to my question now. the fast and furious, it's a backdoor way of them trying to get rid of the second amendment with the u.n. involvement and everybody just trying to take away our second amendment right and raiding these gun shows, raiding the gun shop owners, getting them involved. taking away their license, their ability. don't you think that there's a problem with that? guest: it's one of those things we can't find a commonsense reason for doing it. our committee doesn't look into, if you will, motives by elimination, but we are trying to ask each of the
frequently is the michigan survey. the michigan survey has gone down in terms of showings for consumer confidence and keeps going down. correlates with a little of some of the actions in congress, so there was a sense that one of the dips and consumer confidence had to do with the effects of the impact over the debt ceiling and some of the wrangling in congress. however, he would maybe think that that effect would be diminished now in people's minds, but we have not seen a big resurgence of confidence. confidence is very important because from a monetary policy perspective monetary policy works through to the belmont and setting of expectations. and if you have a sense that things are going to be bad and are qantas the bad and are never going to return to the way of life that you come to expect, you will engage in different kinds of behaviors. you may not spend if you have a sense that you are going to lose your job or your income is not want to go up. affect howy well e you major spending decisions, and you can see in that scenario that confidence could be at such a low that they coul
tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dingell: mr. speaker, i am saddened by what i heard while i was home in august. people are disappointed with us, their elected representatives, and they want us to do our constitutional duty of solving the nation's problems and to start working together. they want to get america moving again. they want the problems of the economy addressed. they want jobs. they want opportunity. and they want a government that works for the good of the country. it there anyone amongst us here -- is there anyone amongst us here that we caused a downgrading of u.s. government securities, that we causing disorder and confusion in the market, stifling economic combrothe and job creation and contributing to the hopelessness and misfortune of millions of americans? failed leadership and failed followership -- we must do better. i hope those of you here who are ashamed of the performance,
'connor upheld an affirmative action program for the university of michigan as said it was appropriate to take race into account. if you do it any way that is personal that isa quota and do other stuff so no court can figure out what your doing. it is so if you may get -- so it is individualized, so nobody has a smoking gun that race was the actual fact, then you can do it. , then you can do it. universities, shockingly, are able to do these things. as long as that is the rule, the supreme court will be interested in coming back to that issue so soon. what makes it somewhat interesting is that, in the intake -- well, it was thrown out in the 1960's -- in texas, the late republican who was very close to everybody here, passed a statute that said that come in order to increase the minority students in texas public education, there would be a guaranteed 10% for the top 10 at each high school that would be eligible to go into the universities. the question is whether you can double dip, whether you can have a statute that will give you an arm for -- an umph on the 10% rule, but still have some def
people lived in poverty in america. that is essentially the populations of california and michigan combined living in poverty in america. it's really moral outrage that in the richest country in the world so many americans are facing or living in poverty, lacking economic opportunity and economic security. shamefully our children bear the greatest burden. in 2010, 22% of one in five children live in poverty. that's in america. and poverty continues to hit communities of color much harder as the facts show. in 2010 the poverty rate for whites rose to 9.9%. the poverty rate for african-americans rose to 27.4%. the poverty rate for latinos rose to 26.6%. and for asian pacific americans, the 2010 poverty rate of 12.1% remained the same. the massive poverty crisis as we are facing, it didn't happen overnight. the poverty rates began to rise during the bush administration and eight years of failed economic policy wiped out all of the gains made during the clinton years. the co-chairs of the out-of-poverty caucus saw this day coming, and while little attention has been placed on the poor,
says, but what i have waiting back for me from the old days, 1991 in michigan, they have had to step up. i think that they have captured it. is it 1% or 2%? over a period of time? a decade? it seems to me that this is also, going very big year, an opportunity for a great deal of creativity. that never happens in this world. in washington you could not get that the state legislature very easily. screaming for a package, it is the popular vote at that point. there will be a lot of things that people will not like, -- , but the point behind asking is what carries giving you a annual budget for each of them next 10 years, but some baseline amount. at some agencies, i would say that that should decline each year we have time bella to get this 17th century shropshire into the 21st century by mean there is so much opportunity here. but no one is in charge. the special committee has an opportunity. once the responsibility is fixed, the direction is set. i think you have your miles and some company and for research and the benefit of going baby and bringing other people into it there is a space
. the clerk: mr. dreier of california, mr. lungren of california, mrs. miller of michigan, mr. smith of nebraska, mr. huizenga of michigan, mr. meeks of new york, ms. slaughter of new york, mr. welch of vermont and mr. larsen of washington. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 5, 2011, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. shuster: i thank the speaker. today i rise to honor the distinguished service of my good friend, his excellency, yasher aliev who was appointed by the president as ambassador. i'm proud to serve as the co-chairman of azerbajan. located in a geopolitically location between russia and iran, it is a predominantly muslim population which has been home to vibrant christian and jewish communities. they opened caspian energy and has emerged as a key player for global energy security. on the security front, immediately after 9/11, it was among the first to offer strong support and assistance to the united states. it participated in operations in kosovo and
at this map. the upper midwest could see their electricity rise by 17%. michigan by 20%. one of the states that's really hurting. kentucky and tennessee by more than 23%. these are where our manufacturing jobs reside. raising energy costs would remove one of the few remaining advantages that u.s. manufacturing has over low cost foreign competitors. that is access to affordable, reliable energy. my own industry people tell me that the one advantage they have over foreign countries when it comes to competing head-to-head is the availability of affordable, reliable energy. and on the environmental side, president obama's former environmental czar carol brown herself said this the rule would provide no health benefits associated with addressing nonmercury emissions. the rhetoric, mr. speaker, used to attack this bill has reached a fever pitch. but it is not backed by the facts. i urge my colleagues to support the train act and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr
mortgages are under water. in places like michigan and california, they are suffering from unemployment numbers that are greater than during the depths of the great depression. barack obama promise to cut the deficit in half. instead, he tripled it. now our national debt is growing at $3 million a minute. that is $4.25 billion a day. president obama, is this what you call winning the future? i call it losing -- losing our country, and with it, the american dream. these americans feel that fierce urgency of now, but you feel it, sir? the tea party was born of this urgency. it is the same sense of urgency that propelled the sons of liberty during the revolution. [applause] it is the same sense of urgency that propelled the abolitionist before the civil war and the civil rights movement during the 20th century. the tea party movement is part of this noble american tradition. this movement is not simply a political awakening, it is an american awakening. [applause] it is coming from ordinary americans, not the politicos in the beltway. you, who grow our food, you run our small businesses, y
five cities, cleveland, ohio, detroit, michigan, atlanta, and miami, and then my city of los angeles. and what we saw was mind-boggling. even though we understood that 16.7 is a huge number of people to be unemployed, we did not realize the thousands upon thousands of people who really were hurting out there and they came. they came by the thousands in every city we were in, they were young, they were middle-aged, they were the unemployed, they were people who had been looking for jobs for over a year, and it was awfully painful to see all of these young college graduate whs happened to be african-american, who went to school, graduated, and looked forward to going to their job, who had no jobs. so we saw it firsthand and my own city of los angeles where we organized one of these job fares, there were over 10,000 people -- fairs, there were over 10,000 people who showed up. luckily we had a venue where they had a dome, a fake dome, they could hold 10,000 people, and people didn't have to stand in line. in atlanta people got ill standing in line. three, four hours, trying to get conn
petty officer, united states navy seal from michigan. next to him, mr. speaker, is alexander bennett, sergeant, united states army reserve from washington. next to him is craig vickers, senior chief petty officer, united states navy seal from hawaii. number five on this on this top line here is jared day, petty officer first class, united states navy seal from utah. and the last one on the first row is jonas kelsaw, lieutenant commander, united states navy seal, from louisiana. i continue with the second row. jon tomilson, petty officer first class, united states navy seal from iowa. next to him is michael strange, petty officer first class, united states navy seal from pennsylvania. aaron vaughn, petty officer first class, united states navy seal from florida. patrick hamburger, staff sergeant, united states army national guard from nebraska. next to him is john foss, chief petty officer, united states navy seal, minnesota. and the last one on the second row is matthew mason, chief petty officer, united states navy seal from missouri. i continue with the third row of our warriors. r
in minnesota, iowa, eleanor, what he heard the previous week in michigan. which was the american people, democrat, republican, independent, a tired of the bickering and they want reasonable solutions to the problems that face the country. they want the government to do things that helped the economy grow, that help the private sector higher, and they get frustrated politicians who don't listen to them. i think everyone would have gotten an earful by everyone who sent them to washington about what their priorities are. and everyone works for the american people, that would have a salad tour effect on their behavior. -- saltatory affect on their behavior. >> a couple of people unemployed -- obviously. but you don't seem to of knowledge there is a process in washington that has to be dealt with to help these people who are unemployed. i think what john was suggesting, the president having this much trouble on the day. this much trouble on the day. james carville said the last thing the white house needed was to appear to cave in to the speaker. so there is a perception among democrats that
. the gentlelady may proceed. ms. mccollum: thank you again, mr. speaker. lake superior, lake hereon, lake michigan, lake erie and lake ontario make up the largest freshwater system in the entire world. our great lakes hold 95% of america's freshwater and 20% of the freshwater on the planet. over 30 million people rely on the great lakes for their drinking water. there's an estimated 1.5 million jobs that are directly connected to the great lakes and these jobs generate $62 billion in wages. over 40 years ago this critical ecosystem and economic engine was on the verge of collapse. "time" magazine reported in august, 1969, that lake erie was in danger of dying by suffocation. the days when polluters dumped toxic chemicals into the air and water without consequence are over. because of the responsible cleanup policies like the clean air act, the health of the great lakes has improved. but threats to the great lakes have not disappeared. air pollutants like mercury are emitted from power plants and continue to fall on the ground, wash into the water and build up in quantities that threaten the brain
time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? mr. clarke: to address the house for a minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. clarke: thank you. madam speaker, i offer this congress and this country a simple yet powerful way to create new, good-paying manufacturing jobs in the united states. and that's by investing in detroit, by allowing the tax dollars that detroiters pay to be invested back in detroit. invested to help make the streets of detroit safer, to help improve detroit's schools, to help train detroiters for jobs, to help rebuild our city. you see, this type of investment will definitely create jobs in detroit. but more importantly detroit's manufacturing know-how, our trained work force, investing in detroit will help put americans back to work. so by helping put detroiters back to work you're going to help put this country back to work. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time for one-minute speeches has expired. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair wi
: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> unanimous consent to address the body for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> as a former lieutenant commander in the united states navy reserve, i rise to applaud the repeal of the discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy. this backward policy has turned away over 14,000 abled bodied men and women from our military while our nation is fighting two wars, mr. peters: it wasted over $1.3 billion taxpayer dollars through investigations, legal proceedings and wasted training for fighter pilots and translators. i'm proud to feel privilege to cast my vote to make this misguided policy a relic of the past. our military can now recruit and train qualified patriotic and courageous americans who want to serve our country regardless of their sexual orientation. curing my service in the united states neafer reserve, i served with many dedicated men and women who are always ready to serve their country. i was never concerned about their sexual
detroit, michigan, eldin. caller: good morning. i'm right with you on everything. it doesn't seem like republicans and democrats are on the same page as far as putting this country back to work. republicans are fighting, just fighting everything. no, no, no. i'm interested in -- as far as the lobbyists and wall street, they have a stranglehold on the house and senate that nobody can get on the same page. everybody is hurting bad, exactly like you have said. guest: the short answer to your question about lobbyists, the answer is yes, unfortunately. c-span wentnews, down the list of all of the corporations who have made contributions the would affect the work of the supercommittee. unfortunately -- linda give you an example -- let me give you an example. are you a basketball fan? imagine five players to one. i think it was like five lobbyists -- host: giving a full-court press? guest: to walk up the steps of the capital just to be able to vote. it was like it was gone wild. we have a country, a judgment call about 10 minutes ago, he is right -- a judgment call to and about 10 minutes ago
. the politicians have done that in the past and that's why we are at. the gentleman from michigan was right. we are like argentina. we are like greece. there are very few people -- some of the tea party people, they are not the only responsible people up there now i can see. there are a few others, but most of them could care less. they want a vote and they will do anything for a vote. for me, that has been the saddest thing to sit and watch for 78 years. guest: will rogers said there is only one in her early criminal class in america and that was the politicians. the sentiments we hear today are not new sentiments, but they've taken on an edge and a banker we haven't seen in the last 30 or 40 years. americans are afraid, all they're afraid they're going to lose their jobs or lose their homes. you are a 45-rolled man who has done everything right, you have done everything and lose your job, there's a good chance you are not going to be rehired for that job. somebody younger will get that job if and when a becomes available because the company will save money. we are creating a class of people,
the chair, the ranking member emeritus of the full committee, michigan for five minutes for questions. >> mr. chairman, thank you for your courtesy and for holding this hearing. let me begin by asking this question yes orno. do you have authority at the fda for any of the requirements with regard to efficacy from good manufacturing practices or safety, yes or no in the event of a shortage? >> yes. >> you do have it? >> we have the authority to have flexibility in how we implement the regulations. regulatory discretion. >> i would like to add a further answer on that particular point. >> but the requirements are the same how one who reaches them is fxible. >> i would like to have a further statement on that we understand what the authority is. it's my understanding the fda has been working to address shortages of the medically necessary approach. can you please define what medically necessary means? >> medically necessary is defined as a product used to treat or prevent serio diseases and conditions to know the product available to act as a substitute. >> you indicated your testimony invest m
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